THE JOY OF BELONGING

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. Psalm 31:1-5

There is something significant about knowing who you are and where you live. We are all born with a deep desire to belong, to be part of a family. We are all created to love and to be loved. As I wound down the window of the car I was greeted with the noise of joy… orphaned boys running to show me where they lived. They knew where they belonged. For them it was home. Although once abandoned they could not contain their excitement as they welcomed me to the BFO Orphanage in Mt Hagen.

To be abandoned is to be without hope. To be forsaken, an outcast. Jesus experienced all these emotions on His way to Calvary. As He hung on the Cross, beaten and tortured beyond recognition, He did so in a state of utter abandonment and rejection. The weight of sin that God the Father allowed to be placed on Christ’s shoulders was unbearable. The sins of the world, the curse of death, the shame of all humanity. Jesus took it all and suffered a lonely death separated from the presence of God. But God had a grand plan. Through His Son we would receive the resurrection life. Death is conquered and Christ is risen!

I listened to young boys and girls tell their broken stories on Sunday afternoon, beautiful kids who for many complicated reasons were abandoned or orphaned.

But somebody cared. Somebody reached out and took them in. It started with a handful of little kids. Aunty Rosa and Uncle Jiwa had compassion for the local homeless children and let them stay under their house. That was over a decade ago. Today there are over 40 orphaned children living there and many other homeless kids who turn up for a meal three days a week.

This week I am in Mt Hagen, PNG to find out how we can help. I value your prayers and partnership as we seek God for short and long term solutions to the plight of children who are orphaned in many regions across PNG.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Thanks for your support.

Pictured: Welcome to where we live!! Boys from the BFO Orphanage running beside the car.